By Capt. Rebecca ReddingFebruary 19, 2019
Annually only 150 CBRN Soldiers Army-wide receive the opportunity to attend this course making it highly competitive and coveted across our chemical formations.
During this 6-week course, students learned to operate the NBCRV (Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Reconnaissance Vehicle) Stryker variant, performing mounted reconnaissance and surveillance techniques to protect forces from both known and unknown CBRN threats.
Utilizing Troop Leading Procedures students conducted area, route, and zone reconaissance to identify and mark suspected contamination, provide field confirmatory identification of chem/bio agents, and submit CBRN warnings and reports to provide timely information aiding commanders in their decision making.
In addition to standard Army communication and navigation systems, the NBCRV also has seven highly specialized sensors designed for detection of biological, chemical, and radiological hazards.
The course not only instructs students on sampling tactics, techniques, and procedures, but tests their ability to apply these scientific tools while performing CBRN tasks in a complex field environment.
Utilizing techniques, as seen above and below, students collected soil and water samples from inside the over-pressured NBCRV.
While lying in the prone, Soldiers observe through a small square window at the rear of the vehicle to collect and test suspected contamination then provide real-time results back to their commanders.
Providing an unparalleled level of protection and specialization, the NBCRV permits Soldiers to operate in a contaminated environment without the risk of becoming a CBRN casualty.
To complete the course, students must perform a rigorous multi-day culmination exercise designed to test their newly acquired skillset.
Upon successful completion, students receive the coveted L6 CBRN additional skill identifier and the opportunity to compete for one of only twelve positions within the CBRN Reconnaissance and Surveillance Platoon.